Latest stress- Proposal by CBSE for dual JEE Mains in 2014
The volatility of JEE Mains has increased as the CBSE has proposed 2-stage JEE Mains apart from the JEE Advanced that is scheduled as per plan. The new proposal by CBSE, which conducts the JEE Mains as per the regulations is now proposing to hold two JEE Mains in 2014. The first JEE is proposed to be held in February and the second one in April. However, no decision has been taken as yet but it will be decided on 17th September at the meeting of the Joint Entrance Examination Apex Board meet.
This news has been confirmed by a senior CBSE official and said: “The main reason for taking such a step is that the students can take both the exams and best of the tow scores will be accounted for eligibility to JEE Advanced. This will help the students get another chance at improving.”
But this might put higher pressure on the students. As the board exams for 12th class are held in February, state board and ICSE students will have to take on additional books to cover the JEE syllabus as per CBSE. Though the officials will make sure that the dates do not clash, the stress on the students is bound to increase if the proposal is accepted.
However there is skepticism about the timing of the February JEE Mains as students might have fallout on either 12th class board exams or impact their chances to study in IIT. The stringent eligibility of clearing the 12th class within the 20 percentile of scorers, even if they successfully crack the JEE Advanced was stressful enough for the students.
Though JEE Main qualifies the candidates for regional and IIITs, all of those who dream of being in IIT have to clear Main and Advanced along with being in the top 20 percentile of the 12th class.
Principal of Jai Hind College, Dr. Ashok Wadia said: “The students are in despair and would not understand whether to study for JEE or 12th class.”
Another student was of the view that it is better to have one exam than to give two as it will be very stressful, even though it will give students two chances of appearing for the exam. The JEE Advanced is conducted in close collaboration with 7 zonal IITs while the JEE Mains remains the eligibility of sitting for the exam.